Greetings from NY : My house is a 1934 colonial w/ orig windows / no insulation in the walls. I have been going back and forth for a couple years now on what would be the best way to fix the house There is Brick veneer on the first floor and 8″ cedar siding on the second . the second floor cantilevers over about 1′ on the front and back of the house . I am thinking of getting Pella windows made up w/ divided lites and getting the exterior of them in a color so I dont have to paint them any more . There are firestops in every wall in the house @ 4 ‘ . I was thinking of either getting blown in on the inside and new windows /or packing out the existing 2×4 studs and putting R-21 in . All the trim and doors have been improperly painted w/ latex over the top of a good enamel paint job and it keeps chipping off so I dont like painting because its a useless proposition The trim is orig and it looks like standard colonial trim you would buy today except its a dense fir and its a little wider and thicker than the new stuff the doors are the same nice fir /6 panel .I dont have the time to strip the paint and its not worth having them stripped at the prices they want to strip them . I am thinking of starting to go thru the house and re trim and insulate the walls and change the windows room by room as I can afford to do each one . Anybody have any advise for me ? Any ideas on my method ? Also there is the roof whic is slate . When it snows the snow comes ripping down off it and there are never any Ice dams , I am afraid that if I insulate I will start getting them . there are only 6 ” soffits which are un vented . I have 2 Gable end windows one has a exhaust fan that I use in the summer to pull the heat out . That is another thing I am concerned with should I use proper vents in this case or should I insulate the floor and leave the rafters open ?
Thanks in advance
Edited 11/29/2002 5:19:12 PM ET by royalt
Edited 11/29/2002 5:22:36 PM ET by royalt